Croydonites Festival 2018 review: Pop-Up Opera at St Andrew’s church

Posted on May 24th, by Ivonne Fernandes-Bonnar in Culture. No Comments

Mozart and popular culture unite with flair in St Andrew’s church

‘Singspiel’ is a beautiful German word which translates simply as ‘a light opera with spoken dialogue’. This Mozart operatic double bill was just as charming as the word promises.

It consisted of Der Schauspieldirektor (which translates as ‘the impresario’) and Bastien und Bastienne. Modernising eighteenth-century opera is not an easy undertaking, as there may be … Read More »

Croydonites Festival 2018 review: Mozart double bill by Pop-Up Opera

Posted on May 22nd, by Sue Harling in Culture. No Comments

It’s voice-to-voice combat in Croydon

As a keen amateur singer, I take any opportunity to observe the professionals at close quarters, so I was delighted to learn that the Croydonites Festival 2018 would include a Mozart double bill by Pop-Up Opera. Not only would I be close to the performers due to the intimate venue, but the proximity of the venue itself meant that I could be … Read More »

Event review: Croydon Bach Choir presents Homo Sum at its summer concert

Posted on July 14th, by Katie Rose in Culture. 1 Comment

The highlight of Croydon Bach Choir’s summer concert was a remarkable new work with a unifying vision by Mark David Boden

On the warm and sunny evening of Saturday 1st July, many of us gathered at Croydon Minster to hear the Croydon Bach Choir present the final concert of its 2016-17 season, featuring the premiere of Mark David Boden’s work Homo Sum alongside opera choruses and arias and … Read More »